Did you know....That people with rosacea and acne are at least ten times more likely to have gut issues?
That PCOS affects 10% of reproductive aged women where a diagnostic criterion is the presence of dermatologic manifestations?
Gut inflammation is also linked to premature ageing of the skin, frequently referred to as ‘inflammaging’.Rosacea and acne aside, other visible signs of poor gut health include eczema, dullness and dryness which indicate an imbalance that lies deep within your gut. Simply put, where there is gut inflammation, there is commonly skin inflammation, which frequently results from Dysbiosis—an imbalance in your microbiome.
The ‘GIT’ (Gastro Intestinal Tract / gut) sorts out the good bacteria from the bad bacteria, all while ensuring nutrients from food are optimally absorbed and the nasty toxins successfully excreted. When there is an imbalance of bad bacteria ‘Inflammation’ damages the precious lining our gut wall, allowing free radicals to break free into your body and wreak havoc on your immune system resulting in further inflammation.
Several nutrition and lifestyle factors along with diseases states, drive inflammation, impair collagen production and change the quality and integrity of the skin. How can nutrition best support our skin?
The fibre rainbow
There are many general and personal nutrition factors that reduce frequency and severity of inflamed and irritated skin. For the purpose of this article I place focus on the simplest and most holistically beneficial food group to reduce inflammation...is to fall in love with an array fresh produce that is based on a wholefoods approach. Foods from the earth both provide and support the growth of beneficial bacteria, where ample fibre (30g)/day) builds short chain fatty acids which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Fibre also provides your gut with prebiotics which feed your probiotics. Prebiotics are a food first approach meaning your nutritional approach is essential, even if you are supplementing with a probiotic.
30g over the course of the day looks like:
2 pieces of fruit (i.e. apple and pear with skin on)
1 cup mixed gluten free wholegrains (i.e. quinoa and brown rice)
1/2 cup mixed pulses (chickpeas and lentils)
3 cups of mixed vegetables and salad greens
1 tbsp. nut butter
1 tbsp. fermented vegetables
Mindful stress management
Excess cortisol (stress response hormone) leads to an increase in ageing free radicals, causing oxidative stress, which also damages the skin matrix and your DNA both, speeding up the ageing process. Further to this, Cortisol also disrupts the natural production of, and breaks-down collagen.
Reduce nervous system stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and processed sugar.
Don’t meal skip. A skipped meal alters the balance between food and insulin production. This creates a plummet in blood glucose by which we instinctively reach for high/processed sugar foods. This intern spikes blood glucose and stimulates the nervous system.
‘Beauty sleep’…it’s true!
7-9 hours restful sleep does help you glow! Sleep is an essential player in rest and digest mode (the A game anti-inflammatory response). This process is essential for ample nutrient uptake, cellular repair, blood flow, collagen production and toxin removal.
Caffeine flows through your system for 12 hours so mindful caffeine before 10am always.
Booze does not help you snooze. Even one glass will disrupt your sleep hormone and hunger hormone production.
For Rosacea sufferer, caffeine and alcohol should be kept for special occasions.
An early dinner with a focus on non-starchy vegetables will balance your blood glucose and calm the nervous system.
A quick look at dairy
Cow’s milk contains the A1 protein which stimulates mast cell production that induce inflammation. However, thanks to goat and sheep dairy that contain only the A2 protein, research has found they do not produce the same inflammatory response to that of cow’s dairy.
There are many coconut and nut based dairy alternatives. Avoid soy milk, cheese and yoghurt which can suppress thyroid function.
A quick look at gluten
Gluten is a sticky protein (Gliadin) found in grains. An intolerance or sensitivity causes an inflammatory immune response, compromising the integrity of your intestinal wall and driving further inflammation throughout your body.
Opt for gluten free grains and noodles such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, black bean and pulse. Look for breads and crackers that are almond meal, buckwheat, nut and seed based. If you suspect you have a gluten allergy, intolerance or sensitivity you should seek guidance from a registered health practitioner.
Buy yourself a pretty glass water bottle and create healthy drinking habits. 2.5-3L / day.
Secret weapon anti-inflammatory foods for every day
Olive oil *Omega 3 *anti-inflammatory
Green Tea *ECGG *antioxidant
Ginger*gingerol *antioxidant *sulfur-rich *vitamin C *prebiotic (Avoid ginger for Rosacea)
Garlic & onion *quercetin *antioxidant *sulfur-rich *vitamin C *prebiotic
Turmeric*curcuma *antioxidant *vitamin A *vitamin C *prebiotic
Buckwheat*gluten free *anti-inflammatory *protein *fiber *prebiotic
Goji berries *antioxidant *fiber *vitamin C *vitamin A *zinc *prebiotic
Fermented veggies *Antioxidant *fiber *vitamin C *vitamin A *zinc *probiotic
Top supplements & smoothie additions
*Always consult with your health care professional first
Hydrolyzed collagen or marine collagen powder *complete protein
Beetroot and pomegranate powder *antioxidant
Queen Garnet plum concentrate *antioxidant
Practioner approved Zinc, Vitamin C and E supplements
Practitioner approved prebiotics Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG)
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